The live-action remake of Mulan, which has been hailed as “gorgeous and exhilarating”, is now available to stream exclusively on Disney+ with Premier Access for an additional fee of £19.99.
Some two decades after the animated original hit cinema screens, acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro has brought back the epic tale of China’s legendary warrior, in which a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest fighters her country has ever known.
As fans of the story will know, the film follows Hua Mulan (played by Yifei Liu), the eldest daughter of an honoured warrior, who steps in to take the place of her ailing father to serve in the Imperial Army and defend the country from Northern invaders.
Disguising herself as a man, Hua Jun, she goes on a life-altering journey and earns the respect of a grateful nation – and a proud father.
The cast also includes Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Tzi Ma as Zhou, Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Honghui; Ron Yuan as Sergeant Qiang; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor.
UK viewers can watch Mulan exclusively on Disney+ with Premier Access for £19.99.
The movie is available exclusively to stream on Disney+ for UK subscribers in Ultra HD, HDR and Dolby Audio.
Viewers can stream and download Mulan as many times as you want, as long as you’re a Disney+ subscriber.
Mulan received a glowing four-star review in The Independent, with critic Clarisse Loughrey writing that Liu “draws from the frazzled naivety of Ming-Na Wen’s original take on the character, but lets it cement into fiery determination whenever battle calls”.
She added: “When she fights, it’s as if we’re watching the qi take hold of her limbs, imbued with equal grace and power. She’s a formidable fighter. Caro’s camera twists into vertiginous angles to follow the flow of the action.”
Fans and members of the press who were present at the movie’s world premiere in March also heaped high praise on the film, applauding the actors’ performances, Niki Caro’s direction and the battle sequences.
“I’ve seen Mulan twice now and I must say it is grrrreat,” wrote one Twitter user. “Easily Disney’s best live action reboot. I think it’s also Disney’s first battle epic? It is beautiful & absorbing & rich & empowering. The cast is excellent and Niki Caro’s direction is just breathtaking.”
“The cast of Mulan is fantastic in the film,” said another. “There are lots of little moments that nods to the animated that’ll make the fans happy. Very beautiful & epic cinematography. It had more fantastical elements than I expected. Overall, a great re-telling of the animated and very fun.”
Subscribe to Disney+ and get Premier Access to Mulan now. Additional fee required.